Hey. I'm an Energy Engineering UG (effectively ChemE, but focused on energy systems) who is contemplating law school. I plan on taking the LSAT in the fall, but wanted to know if I was wasting my time before I began a few months of intense studying.
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I am contemplating Energy Policy, Environmental Policy, Patent Law, IP Law, etc. Does anyone have any insight on whether or not I'm somewhat qualified and what LSAT score I should be looking for to get into a top law school? I'd like to stay in New York, or maybe go to Boston.
You are indeed within the realm, assuming your pull a good LSAT, which with your background and sufficient prep is likely.
The more important question might be to look at this from the opposite perspective, as your LSAT and GPA and other factors might get you in, but the more important question is whether you'll look back and want to have been in.
This is not an easy question for anyone. Perhaps for you the question is to ask what you like about engineering. Is it to get in the guts of the project, technologies, etc., or is it to think about how that technology relates to others, and how businesses might take advantage of that. The more you like the actual aspects of engineering, the more you should consider where a JD will take you . . . which is, generally, away from the actual guts of technology and toward the connections of that technology to business and other interests. IP law does draw on technology, of course, but the world of the IP attorney is a different world that that of the engineer.
For all, there are many flavors of law practice, even within IP. If you might be interested in the area, call a local practitioner (or meet one in a local meeting), and ask to chat. They'll give you a good idea of the possibilities, and realities. (Your interest is a good one, and a friend in that area enjoys his work tremendously.)
To be honest, I'm considering Law School because the guts of the project doesn't really interest me. I love the technology and I understand it, but I find no joy in crunching numbers and designing it. I love learning about it and thinking about how it applies and fits into our current energy system, but I couldn't spend my years playing around with technologies that will never go anywhere. There has been enough advancement in technology that I feel a tangible difference can be made if legislation is set in place to let it happen. Even if I find that lobbying and policy isn't for me, IP law would definitely interest me because I understand and enjoy learning about new technologies.
Either way, I know I don't want to be an engineer haha.